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    Huehuetenango, Guatemala? is this where most of coffee is coming from in Guatemala?

    I mention A LOT about Huehuetenango for many reason.

    1. more than 60% of coffee are coming from Huehuetenango region. : Huehuetenango is a "municipality" (like a state in USA) and a capital of this municipality. but most of us does not realize is that there is no coffee growing "around Huehuetenango city, capital" because there isn't enough rain.

    if you want to see a coffee farm, you have to drive out about an hour and a half to either west, north and north-east side.

    However, most of the good farms are about 3 to 5 hours drive from the huehuetenango capital,very close to Mexico-Guatemala border.

    2. even though Huehue produces the best coffee vs price ratio coffee, not whole lot of foreign buyers visit. Just because it is damn far away from the only airport in Guatemala, in Guatemala city. just from Guatemala city to Huehuetenango city will take you about 8 hours without traffic. then another 3 to 5 hours to visit some good farms. and by the way, driving is not like going from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.. it is very rough and tough driving, bad roads, curvy roads, mud slide, soldiers checking on drug trafficking, millions of pot holes.. and at night time, there is no street lights what so ever.

    3. Huehue has the most and biggest coffee coops and related industries. The entire industry revolves around coffee.

    4. they have the most organic farms in Guatemala. Not by choice. since they also have most poor small farms in Guatemala, a lot of them can not afford to buy chemical fertilizers, so they opt out to be Organic which makes them even suffer more, financially.
    and sometimes, a coop in the small region "demands" the small poor farms to be turned as organic. (i can write about this later posting...)

    5. if you ask me, good huehue coffee is like good coffee from Ethiopia. very tea like, floral and very refined acidity...etc
    that is my favorite coffee!!!

    if you have any other questions, please let me know.

    PS: I am leaving to Guatemala next Wednesday, so until then, i have time to post things here. But when i get there, probably, I won't have much time. thanks

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    I go to Huehue every March with customers, so I took some photos of the downtown.

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    some more photos.
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    If the roads are so bad to these farms, how do they get the beans out of there to ship? I"m assuming they have to use some sort of truck.

    Here lately all I have been buying is coffee from this region. Jumpinjak has some huehue on his site now that is out standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffyjr View Post
    If the roads are so bad to these farms, how do they get the beans out of there to ship? I"m assuming they have to use some sort of truck.

    Here lately all I have been buying is coffee from this region. Jumpinjak has some huehue on his site now that is out standing.
    yes, if the farm has own truck, 4x4, they will move 10 bags at a time to coop. if they don't, coop will use their own truck and collect the beans from farms.

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    this is phone navigation direction.
    I took this photo from Daniel (my partner) phone while he was driving.

    last year, we were going to one of farms in Atitlan region and we got lost somewhere in the mountain.
    fortunately, the Navi worked as you can see, but also, as you can see, totally useless.

    In huehuetenango, of course, no Navi works and the roads are probably twice worse than this.

    Huehuetenango, Guatemala?  is this where most of coffee is coming from in Guatemala?-28059120_2082554385361680_6100788150409343488_n.jpgHuehuetenango, Guatemala?  is this where most of coffee is coming from in Guatemala?-28279632_2082554405361678_5155602730758741499_n.jpg

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    this is a public laundry washing station in front of a hotel I stay in Huehuetenango city.
    Every morning, when I go out for running, there are local people washing their clothing in this public washing station.

    There is one just like this in Antigua, Guatemala, but no one is allowed to use that washing station because Antigua is the major and most popular touristic city in Guatemala. (and probably people living in Antigua already have their own washers and dryers in their houses. it is the most expensive city to live in Guatemala. The house cost is almost similar to Los Angeles)

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